• Short Summary

    Despite the noise and vibration of about 100 trains a day, a pair of wagtails have nested on a high voltage railway cable, at Wollstonecraft, on Sydney's North Shore.

  • Description

    1.
    L.S. TRAIN COMING IN.
    4 1/2 ft

    2.
    SHOT. WOLLSTONECRAFT.
    6 ft

    3.
    SHOT. BIRD IN NEST..TRAIN COMES UNDER.
    12 1/2 ft

    4.
    SHOT. CLOSE SHOT...BIRD IN NEST.
    16 ft

    5.
    SHOT. STANCHION STOPPED UNDER BIRD.
    17 1/2 ft

    6.
    SHOT STANCHION STOPPED UNDER BIRD. TRAIN MOVES OFF.
    20 1/2 ft

    7.
    CLOSE SHOT. OF BIRD.
    23 ft

    8.
    SHOT. BIRD WITH TRAIN MOVING OFF.
    26 ft

    9.
    SIDE V. BIRD WITH TRAIN MOVING OFF.
    28 ft

    10.
    SHOT. TRAIN GOING PAST.
    29 1/2 ft

    11.
    SHOT. WOMAN LOOKING.
    31 1/2 ft

    12.
    SHOT. OF BIRD.
    35 ft

    13.
    SHOT OF BIRD'S MATE FLYING AWAY.
    39 ft

    14.
    SHOT OF BIRD IN NEST.
    41 ft

    15.
    SHOT STATION MASTER FROM BIG ANGLE (BIRDS EYE VIEW)
    43 1/2 ft

    16.
    SHOT. OF BIRD IN NEST.
    48 ft



    Initials D.C/CW J.H./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Despite the noise and vibration of about 100 trains a day, a pair of wagtails have nested on a high voltage railway cable, at Wollstonecraft, on Sydney's North Shore.

    The cable is shaken and raised a little every time a train passes through the station - but the wagtails remains "unmoved."
    The condition of the eggs in the nest is not certain. The ornithologist at Sydney Museum said ti was rather odd that the wagtails should have built their nest on the cable when they had acres of bush nearby.

    But there was no danger of their being electrocuted and they had probably long ago got used to the noise and vibration of the trains.

    While the mother bird seldom leaves the nest and takes no notice of spectators as she sits on the eggs, the father is a little more exciteable.

    It was expected that the eggs would be hatched in about two weeks - by which time it is estimated that 2,500 trains will have passed under them.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC66I5L3S1R5GRUB3N4CAPYCWG
    Media URN:
    VLVAC66I5L3S1R5GRUB3N4CAPYCWG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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